Many years ago, we used to see a man pushing an old pram down the main dual carriageway of the town where we live.
He drew everyone’s attention, because for some reason he would never use the footpath, but insisted on walking in the gutter.
Who was the nameless, eccentric personality making his weekly journey with his pram, laden with wood and old bits of scrap?
One evening, Gillian and myself were visiting people door to door, with invitations to Church and asking if they had any needs that we could help with.
You can imagine our surprise when a figure appeared at the door of what seemed to be an almost uninhabitable terraced house in a tiny little side street.
We instantly recognised the figure as the man with the pram.
We were slightly apprehensive when to our surprise he invited us in for a chat.
We made our way through old newspapers stacked from floor to ceiling with just enough room to walk along into the dirtiest, darkest living room that we had ever seen.
He offered us a cup of tea, but taking one glance at the already dirty cups on the cluttered table, we thanked him but declined his kind offer.
For the next few months we went back each week with food parcels and became good friends.
Underneath it all, he was a precious human being that had lost his way in life and had been disowned by family and friends alike.
You can imagine how sad we were to hear that this old gentleman had passed away with hardly a friend in the world.
Months passed by and we stumbled on a newspaper article concerning his ‘estate’ that he had accumulated.
It turned out that he had been sitting on over £60,000 of cash.
Sadly, he could have lived in relative luxury, but instead, chose to live the life of a pauper.
As strange as it may seem, many of us live the same way in spiritual terms.
We choose to walk in the gutter.
We could live as sons of The King, yet we somehow lose our way and settle for a life of poverty.
Jesus made it clear that God is not a pauper or a scrooge, but that He invites us to receive from Him by asking in prayer.
John 16:23-24 ‘…Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.’
It’s not the shortage of verses in the Bible that makes receiving from God so difficult, but more so the amount of verses in which He has to remind us to ask and receive, making asking so normal.
Mark 11:24-25 ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’
What an incredible inheritance God has given to us… don’t just sit on it and do nothing with it… ask and receive.
Blessed to be a blessing.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.